Silver Spork Social Plans to Put More on Denver's Plate Next Year

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After a decade of running a business and traveling, Denver native and East High grad Paul Laurie returned to the Mile High City last fall with an urge to explore this question: "What would happen if Denver's most talented chefs, bartenders and musicians were brought together and given complete creative freedom over an evening?" The answer was Silver Spork Social, a special supper club that put on fifteen dinners in Laurie's LoDo loft over the past year, culminating with a bacchanal in mid-November at 3090 Downing Street.

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Give Thanks for Six Eateries That Do Good While Serving Good Food

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Kristin Pazulski
Get your lunch on and help those in need.
The holiday season is the time for giving, but it's also one of the busiest times of the year. Fortunately, there are places around town where you can enjoy a good, fast meal -- while also doing good for others. Keep reading to learn about six of these special places.

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Project Angel Heart and Five Other Places to Buy Your Thanksgiving Pie

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Pie season is upon us, along with a seasonal reminder that the spirit of Thanksgiving and Christmas means thinking of those in need -- as well as filling our own pie needs. Project Angel Heart, the organization that delivers meals to people coping with life-threatening illnesses, can help you out on both counts. But you'll have to act quickly. By purchasing two $25 pies (made by Bluepoint Bakery), you can provide a week's worth of free meals to Project Angel Heart clients. Buy your pies via the Pie in the Sky fundraiser, at pieintheskycolorado.org, by the end of the day Thursday, November 20, and pick them up the Tuesday before Thanksgiving at any of thirteen Anthony's Pizza and Pasta locations or at the Project Angel Heart office. Pie in the Sky sponsor Anadarko is making sure that Project Angel Heart clients will also get free pies, delivered by volunteers with their weekly meals.

See also: Denver Chefs Pitch in for Project Angel Heart's A Taste for Life Fundraiser

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Illegal Pete's Now Open in Fort Collins, Protesters Are No-Shows

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Mary Willson
The new location features a "marketing board" with upcoming shows.
The first Illegal Pete's restaurant is now open in Fort Collins; it's the largest of the seven Front Range locations. Among the guests at yesterday's grand opening was a reporter from the New York Times -- attracted to Colorado by the controversy over the Illegal Pete's name, which some local activists have said is racist. But despite all the coverage of that issue, there were no protesters at the opening.

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The Ten Best Winter Patios in Denver

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Kristin Pazulski
Freezing temperatures don't mean we can't enjoy some wintry patio time.
This week's Arctic blast and snow flurries shoved aside our Indian summer in a hurry. But fall's close doesn't have to mean the end of Denver's sunny patio time. So that you're not relegated to the indoors all winter, we compiled a list of wintry patios -- some enclosed, some with fire pits and heaters, most with drink specials that promise to keep you warm in the crisp winter air.

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A New Book on Hammond's Candies is a Sweet Trip into Denver's Past

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Kristin Pazulski
Like this old Hammond's neon sign that hangs in the current candy store, Hammond's holds onto its history, which has been documented in new book.
Eating local doesn't get sweeter than a visit to Hammond's Candies, Denver's 94-year-old candy factory, now immortalized in a History Press book, "Hammond's Candies: History Handmade in Denver."

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Five Points Pizza: For Friends -- or Our Mutual Friend -- Only

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Kristin Pazulski
Eden Myles semi-secret pizza shop runs out of Crema's kitchen. He's not always open, and you have to know him to get one.
Eden Myles prides himself on his punk, no-hype attitude. He thinks Denver is getting too soft, which is why he injects a bit of punk into it when he can. His new venture making pizzas is a reflection of this attitude and his desire for simple, affordable, quality, Denver-esque food.

Myles, a bagel maker and owner of Black Sheep Bagel and Bialy who challenged Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen in August for trying to be too "New York style," has been making pizzas as a side venture under the business name Five Points Pizza for about six months.

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Does Buffalo Bill Haunt Lola?

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There are plenty of bars and restaurants around town hosting Halloween events this week. In addition to pouring spirits, some restaurateurs will be introducing guests to the spirits that reportedly haunt the storerooms and back halls of their establishments. But a few spots don't need to conjure up special-occasion parties; they come by their spooky reputations naturally.

Linger and Lola, for example: The two hot-hot LoHi restaurants occupy buildings that were once part of the Olinger mortuary complex.

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Thirteen Top Spots to Trick-or-Eat on Halloween in Denver

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The Bear & the Rat Makes Frozen Yogurt for Dogs

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Marshall the bulldog enjoying some bacon and peanut butter frozen yogurt.
Like many Coloradans, I'm a little obsessed with my dog. He sleeps on my bed. He's attended concerts with me and even come on a vacation or two. And of course I'm obsessed with what he eats (or, rather, what I feed him). I won't bore you with the details, but it should suffice to say that my husband and I make his food ourselves rather than buy the high-quality kibble or even the raw-food options available at the store.

But I typically don't make his treats myself -- and I definitely don't have time to whip up frozen yogurt for the little dude. I might be obsessed, but my obsession only goes so far. That's where the Bear & the Rat comes in, a company run by a local husband-and-wife team who will go where obsessive dog-owners can only dream of going. Luckily for us, we can reap the fruits of their labors.

See also: The Ten Best Dog-Friendly Patios in Denver

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Patrick Mangold-White Expands His Restaurant Empire on South Pearl -- and Beyond

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Patrick Mangold-White outside his second restaurant on South Pearl Street.
In a time when brick-and-mortar stores must compete with trucks in an industry that's less predictable than North Korea, restaurateur/sommelier/chef Patrick Mangold-White has managed to thrive with fresh and affordable fare on South Pearl Street. He started with sit-down breakfast at Gaia, which he and Jon Edwards opened in 2006; then added high-end pizza at Kaos and street tacos at Uno Mas. Pretty soon, he'll be bringing doughnuts, ice cream and waffles to the area -- and also taking his brand to Berkeley. Here's what Mangold-White has to say about his growing business, surviving tough times and the neighborhood that grounds him.

See also: Uno Mas Taqueria y Cantina opens on South Pearl Street

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